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Fun Times in Udawalawe

Ruwandi Perera is taking the trunk road to spend time with pachyderms

This year is the one for travelling… or so we hope! And where better to begin your adventures than in elephant country? Udawalawe is best known for one thing: jumbos. That’s probably a sufficient attraction given that the Udawalawe National Park is one of the main destinations for animal lovers, nature photographers and adventure seekers in Sri Lanka.

The park is a habitat that’s rich in biodiversity thanks to its unique mix of water bodies, marshes, grasslands and thick forests. Lying on the border of the island’s wet and dry zones, this reserve also has mountains, valleys and plains, which makes it a unique sanctuary not only for fauna but also the lush flora that grows there.

Udawalawe can be easily reached from Mirissa, Ella and even Colombo, which is only some four hours away.
In addition to its beautiful and lush green spaces, this easy to access region has many other treasures, as well as pilgrim sites, ancient ruins and several natural wonders. So packing some other items of attire apart from safari gear is advised!
Udawalawe doesn’t boast many large hospitality chains or boutique hotels. You will mostly find bungalows, small lodges and motels here including government managed holiday cottages inside the park for ultra-keen nature enthusiasts.
So be ready for an adventure and roughing it out a little; and of course, you won’t regret going with the flow…